From affordable housing to bike lanes to the T, how we choose to improve and develop our communities reflects our values. Reliable roads and affordable housing are key components to making economic prosperity a possibility for everyone. Throughout our country and in Massachusetts, our infrastructure is becoming increasingly strained by traffic and rising housing prices make this out of reach for too many.
While there is no silver bullet solution to addressing the needs of our communities, one thing is abundantly clear: we must invest in our infrastructure. That means a sustained commitment to repairing and replacing our existing roads and bridges, expanding the reach of our transit systems, and increasing our efforts to develop affordable housing.
This is why projects like the Green Line Extension are so important. It connects communities with mass transit, it reduces our carbon footprint, and it helps bring workers closer to their jobs.
Achieving these goals is the reason I choose to serve on the Appropriations Committee responsible for overseeing the federal government’s investment in transportation, housing, and community development. I have used this position to push Congress to invest more resources into helping families achieve the dream of homeownership, to help create a first-of-its-kind program to house homeless victims of domestic violence, and to help secure funding to build more rail service in Greater Boston.
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